Police question Free Malaysia Today reporters

Free Malaysia Today reporters Lisa J Ariffin and Alyaa Azhar have been questioned by police about their accounts on democracy activist Haris Ibrahim’s reported threat to topple the government through a massive street rally.

They were called to give their statements to the ASP Ananthan Rajoo of Dang Wangi district police.

Harris Ibrahim was reported to have said on May 13: “We will take to the streets and take over Putrajaya. If we really want to overthrow them, there is no other way. Democracy does not work. The people cannot wait anymore. We don’t want to wait another five years. We will take the streets.” He said the street protests would go on with or without support from the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat.

It was not clear if Haris will be investigated under the Sedition Act or under the Penal Code.

Student activist Adam Adli Halim has been arrested under the Penal Code and the Sedition Act, and has been placed in remand, for reportedly calling for the Barisan Nasional to be brought down through street rallies.

ASP Ananthan told Free Malaysia Today that the police had been monitoring Adam’s movements prior to the forum. “He had been calling for a massive street rally even before May 13,” he explained.

On May 13, speakers at a public forum had unanimously agreed that waiting for five years until the next general election was too long, and vowed to force out the Barisan Nasional from government this year.

Free Malaysia Today



4 thoughts on “Police question Free Malaysia Today reporters

  1. And yes, the government has always suppressed free speech and personal opinions not only from its own people and advisers but they’re also trying their hardest to suppress the little we have. The politicians seem to have their right to their opinions and free speech evident from the disturbing speeches given by some UMNO politicians over the last few years. Freedom of speech is the political right to communicate one’s opinions and ideas using one’s body and property to anyone who is willing to receive them. In practice, the right to freedom of speech is not absolute in any country in the world and the right is commonly subject to limitations, as with libel, slander, obscenity, sedition, incitement of violence, copyright violation, revelation of information that is classified or otherwise. All activists Haris Ibrahim’s said if the report which I doubt was true or within the context in his speech was his expression of frustration with the corrupted government led by UMNO. Remember that he does not have the resources or political backing to do so and the government knows it.

  2. I believe the investigations pertain to this Free Malaysia Today article dated 14th May 2013:


    I believe the key phrase which triggered the investigations is this:

    “Speakers at a forum held yesterday unanimously agreed that waiting for five years until the next general election was too long, and vowed to overthrow BN this year through “force”.”

    I was at the May 13 forum at the KL and Selangor Chinese Assembly on 13th May 2013, and to the best of my knowledge, the word “force” was never uttered by any of the speakers.

    In fact the issue of the one-million people’s protest against electoral fraud is not even the core agenda of the forum, which is to express the people’s solidarity against racism.

    Call me paranoid if you will, but I smell a rat somewhere.

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